Lindsey Park to host Fourth of July celebration


The village will have a fireworks display at dusk Monday, July 3, at the OSRUI camp, 600 Lac La Belle Drive.

Firefighters in eastern Idaho urge Idaho residents to use fireworks legally, appropriately and wisely. That includes bottle rockets, Roman Candles and firecrackers. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2015 Fireworks Annual Report, an estimated 11,900 people were treated at US hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, with children under 15 accounting for 26 percent of the injuries.

Children should be closely supervised around fireworks and shouldn't be allowed to handle or ignite them. If you purchase fireworks, make sure you have a place to shoot them off.

Every summer, improper use of fireworks is responsible for multiple wildland and structure fires.

As of this year, setting off fireworks along with the sales of fireworks have both been banned within Port Angeles City limits.

~Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. In fact, people in the USA spend about $250 million on pyrotechnics every Fourth of July.

Fourth of July festivities are just a week away but before the sparks begin to fly, it's important to remember a few things about who, what, where and when fireworks can be used.

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Even so-called "safe and sane" fireworks can start wildfires and present a danger if set off improperly or in areas close to accelerants like fuel or dried brush.

Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino reminds everyone that it's unlawful to discharge fireworks in a public park.

Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket or shot into metal or glass containers. And there are harsh penalties if you have them.

According to the organization, "dud" fireworks can also pose a hazard and should be submerged in water after waiting for 20 minutes.

Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

We join the agency in calling special attention to fireworks-related issues. "A significant number of young children are being injured by being poked with sparkler wires and are being badly burned by sparklers each year per the CPSC". Sparklers, which many parents believe are safe, burn at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees and can cause serious burns.

After much investigation, Donald Fanny of Weare was charged with a single misdemeanor count of sale of permissible fireworks.